The new movie Joker drew an 8 minute standing ovation for actor Joaquin Phoenix’s acting at the Venice Film Festival.
The movie will be releasing in October but it had its premier at the Venice Film Festival. Joker is directed by Todd Philips, who has directed several blockbuster Hollywood movies including A Star is Born and Hangover.
The film Joker is part of the DC Comics universe and revolves around the life of Arthur Fleck (Joker) and does not include appearances by Batman or any other superhero.
Phoenix’s performance as Arthur Fleck, a sad sack and mentally troubled man who transforms into an icon of violent villain, is already generating awards talk. He said in an interview,
“I didn’t refer to any past iteration of the character, it just felt like something that was our creation in some ways.”
After Venice, “Joker” heads to Toronto for another festival bow.
Watch Joker’s Trailer: